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Heart of the Horse

Forty black and white photographs of horses that reflect the beauty and complexity of these exquisite animals.

In “Heart of the Horse: Photographs by Juliet van Otteren,” the internationally acclaimed photographer seeks more than the simple documentation of beautiful horses.  Rather, her black and white images strive to capture their essence, perhaps even a glimpse their souls. By spending significant time with a limited number of equine subjects, van Otteren is able to forge an intimate connection that captures their grace, close familial relationships, playfulness, and their ancient bond with us as human beings.

Juliet van Otteren began creating photographs when she lived in various communities in the Himalaya and the Middle East. After living in the serenity of the English countryside for many years, van Otteren returned to the United States in the late 1990’s and is now based in Florida. Her work is in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris among many others. Private collections include those of Gloria Vanderbilt, William Kennedy, Isabel Allende, and Stephen Hawking.

Juliet’s photography book, “Heart of the Horse,” with texts by astrophysicist and author Alan Lightman and a foreword by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, was published by Barnes & Noble in 2004 and is available in the Appleton Store.

Click here to visit the artist’s website.


Artist’s Outlook with Juliet van Otteren

An online talk with the artist hosted November 18, 2021.
Click here to watch.

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